It’s January 2013 and, although we may have all been slipping and sliding on the snow recently, the Government is busy putting a solid base to some of its long talked about proposals: settlement agreements and reduced compensatory awards are definitely becoming law. Our Newsletter also looks at the new consultations on major TUPE reform, early ACAS conciliation and reforming the recruitment sector, followed by taking action on tackling long-term sickness absence. Finally, we have our case update. However, given how busy the Government has been and in order not to overburden you so early in the year with too much bedtime reading, we only look at one case. This is certainly worthy of its solo status – it’s an important European Court of Human Rights decision on the protection afforded by the UK to employees wishing to manifest their religious beliefs and has been much talked about by the media.